Since we’re halfway through 2014, we’ve decided to take a closer look at what some of the World Design Capital Projects have been up to thus far. Here’s a list of 8 meaningful projects that are busy implementing design solutions to transform the lives of locals far beyond 2014.
#WDC488 | See Saw Do
This social enterprise project focuses on cheering up the spaces in which children develop. The concept behind See-Saw-Do is simple: they see a problem, design a solution and then actually go out and implement it. They make the spaces look good with a splash of paint, but also provide valuable tools like books, toys and games – all to stimulate young children’s development. They work with the locals, so each community gets to negotiate its own visual environment as close partners in the process and not merely recipients.
#WDC225 | Hubspace
Hubspace is a social enterprise giving the Mother City’s promising start-up entrepreneurs access to a safe working environment, internet, advice, capital and a collaborative network of professionals, interns, trainers and mentors. With one space in Woodstock and another in Khayelitsha, #WDC225 aims to be more than just a small business hub. These places are designed for entrepreneurs to meet, share ideas, learn from each other and discover new ways of working together even after the city’s reign as World Design Capital has ended.
#WDC442 | SHIFT Sustainability Caravan
The SHIFT is a movement that’s all about spreading sustainable design beyond the Design Capital, to far-flung communities who would otherwise miss out on the momentum spurred by WDC2014. The SHIFT team is taking a 20,000km road trip later this year in their customised cars (equipped with passionate people and extensive toolkits) to spread local design innovations with the potential to address South Africa’s social, environmental and economic challenges. During the trip they’ll screen short films via the Sunshine Cinema (a mobile solar-powered cinema), host practical workshops and traveling exhibitions to inspire the rest of South Africa to solve their own problems through design.
#WDC608 | Safe Township Lighting
Shakti Energy’s Safe Township Lighting project brings safer lighting to informal settlements and rural areas by replacing paraffin lights and candles with rechargeable Nuru LED’s. The Nuru lights are portable, durable, have crazy long battery life and are quickly recharged. When the batteries run out, the LED’s are charged by the world’s first commercially available pedal generator, the Nuru Power Cycle. Here’s how it works: locals act as distributors, selling the Nuru LED lights and providing recharging services. So, not only do these lights reduce the health and safety hazards synonymous with paraffin and candles, but the project creates sustainable jobs that’ll provide an income beyond 2014.
#WDC530 | 1000 Drawings
1000 Drawings – Doodle for a Difference is a community driven project inviting anyone and everyone to be an artist for a good cause. The concept is simple: draw an A5 picture and donate it. The pictures will be sold at a one-night-only massive inner-city art sale later this year for R100 each, and all the proceeds will go to helping various deserving charities and projects.
Drop off your drawing at any of the Cape Town drop-off points or join a doodling session in and around the Mother City.
#WDC218 | Maboneng Township Arts Experience
Maboneng Township Arts Experience is a public arts movement turning township homes across South Africa into public art galleries to create sustainable jobs and income for homeowners and local artists. #WDC218 is The Langa Township Art Gallery, an exhibition spread across 10 functioning township homes exhibiting local artwork. Artists exhibited include Zolani Siphungela, Patrick Holo, Velile Soha and Mphati Gocini.
The gallery-homes are open to the public from 11am – 4pm at a small fee, but you can also book a guided Township Art Tour.
#WDC485 | The Seed Library
The Seed Library project aims to create safe and inspiring places where young South Africans can read, reflect and learn. Hosted in shipping containers, the first SHOUT SEED Library was launched in Mitchell’s Plain in March 2014. While a shipping container is not exactly inspiring, the library was designed to be more than just a place to store books and kids. It uses space, colour and local eco-friendly materials to engage young minds. And this is just the first of many to come.
Watch out for #WDC485’s upcoming projects throughout the rest of 2014 and beyond.
#WDC301 | Thundafund
Thundafund.com is South Africa’s very own online crowd funding cafe for local creatives and innovators. It allows entrepreneurs with new ideas to raise the crowd, raise the capital and turn their visions into reality. Without Thundafund, many WDC2014 project would not have happened.
Keep track with how much they’ve has raised for WDC2014 project on Thundafund’s dedicated WDC page.